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The South Creake Lectures return again this autumn for their fifth series with Prof Andrew Holmes, on Friday 6th September, Bishop Nick Baines on Friday 27th September and Prof Patricia Casey on Friday 1st November.


Entry to all lectures is free and unticketed.



Prof Andrew HolmesFriday 6th September 2019 7.00pm - Prof Andrew Holmes


Andrew will talk about his work ‘Progress’. Progress is a set of 10 large-scale black and white drawings together with 10 texts that update John Bunyan’s allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress, to the 21st century. Most people know of John Bunyan’s first book, but few know of the second, which describes Pilgrim’s wife’s trials.

Professor Andrew Holmes is Britain’s leading Super Realist artist and also an architect. He is best known for a series of 100 realistic pencil drawings, Gas Tank City exploring the apparently anonymous mobile infrastructure of cities. In addition however his work encompasses printmaking, photography, film, and design. The work in all its forms has been exhibited and published widely for forty years. Holmes was Professor of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, Guest Professor at the Technische Universitaet, Berlin, and Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute. He lives and works in London.





Bishop Nick Baines Friday 27th September 2019 7.00pm - Bishop Nick Blaine

Freedom is Coming

We live in uncertain times and are not always sure how to live accordingly. Isaiah 40-55 offers insight into faithful living in turbulent times, offering wisdom on hope, fear, the desert experience and joy. How do we hear words of comfort when we are in exile? And does any of this have anything to say to Brexit Britain? This lecture will take us from exile to hope via imagination.

Bishop of Leeds since the creation of the new diocese in 2014. Prior to this he was Bishop of Bradford and Bishop of Croydon. He broadcasts on both Radio 2 and Radio 4 and has published seven books. His latest book will be published in August. He has been a member of the House of Lords since 2014. His blog “Musings of a Restless Bishop” has been viewed more than 2 million times.





Prof Patricia CaseyFriday 1st November 2019 7.00pm - Professor Patricia Casey

The Interface between Psychiatry and Faith


The study of the relationship between mental health and faith has been gathering pace in recent years. The positive news about this receives little coverage in the general media although with medical circles there are several journals devoted to this area of research.

Yet psychiatrists tend, at best, to be neutral or indifferent to this link and some are frankly hostile to any view that religion may be beneficial. This talk will explore the evidence that faith is beneficial to mental health and how this might come about. The possibility that it is harmful will also be explored.


 Prof Casey has been a Professor of Psychiatry at UCD since 1992 until taking early retirement from her academic position in 2016. She continues to work in clinical practice in the Mater Hospital in Dublin. She has published over 120 peer review papers, contributed to 23 books and is the author of 13, including one published in July 2019.  She chaired the Fitness to Practice Committee of the Irish Medical Council for several years.  She writes a weekly column in the Irish Independent, commenting on current affairs and she is the editor of BJ Psych. Advances, published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London. She continues to write and publish original research. Her research interests and publications are now focussed on adjustment (stress) disorder and religion and mental health.

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